Inhibitionism refers back to the early seminal EEG-based performances, in particular those of Alvin Lucier and David Roosenboom. It requires a highly trained EEG performer, that is able to intentionally maintain a state between excitation and inhibition of control, modulating the sounds generated by the synthesizer and synthesizer artist, together creating a unique and highly improvised sonic performance, that while sonically imposing, revolves around physical stillness and inner concentration.
Both the EEG-performer and the Operator-Musician are seated on a stage, in front of the audience. The EEG-performer is seated next to the Operator-Musician, facing the audience. Loudspeakers are placed in behind and/or at the side of the performers. The EEG-performer has a sound monitor, to improve the quality of neuro-feedback during the performance. The EEG, it’s power spectrum and resultant control signals are projected behind the performers, allowing the audience to identify the relationship between the brain signals and the movements of the sonic composition.
Inhibitionism at Ecole Normale Superieure
Semaine de Cerveau, March 14th, Paris, France
Inhibitionism at Karolinska Institute
25th of August, 2016, Stockholm, Sweden